Qualified Business and Property Owners in Downtown Opelousas can now Apply for Building Improvement Grants

Thursday, March 23, 2023

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(Opelousas, LA) – Qualified business and/or commercial property owners in Downtown Opelousas can now apply for grant funds for building rehabilitation work through the Building Improvement Grant (BIG). Introduced in 2021, the BIG program is an initiative designed to assist property and business owners in improving their buildings.  The grant program is made possible through a partnership by the City of Opelousas, Opelousas Downtown Development District and Opelousas Main Street.  The goal of the BIG program is to preserve the city’s historic identity and cultural assets while stimulating local investment. 

The BIG is a reimbursement grant and award amounts must be matched dollar for dollar by the recipient.  An applicant may apply for a grant project from $500 to up to $10,000; however, the business and/or property owner must spend an equal amount or more on the project. This year, the Opelousas Downtown Development District has set aside $50,000 in funds for grant projects.

"This local grant program is a win for businesses and our downtown corridors,” said Opelousas Mayor Julius Alsandor. “We are thankful for this incentive partnership with Opelousas Downtown Development District.

Since its inception in 2021, the BIG program has awarded grants to eleven commercial property owners totaling $30K in grant funds with a total investment of $201,243.00 in projects.  Some of the work that property owners can apply for includes, but is not limited to, restoration of building features such as windows, awnings, (without signage), masonry work, roof work and interior work related to walls, flooring and ceiling repair and plumbing.

For more info about the grant, call 337-948-1391 or visit the website. Grant applications are due by May 1, 2023.

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